BPS: Alleged Vending Machine Burglar Busted

Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Public Safety

PRESS RELEASE

On the morning of Tuesday, August 13th, Bainbridge Public Safety officers were notified about a burglary which had already occurred at Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB) on Faceville Highway. Officer Trent Olhausen arrived and found a door which had been damaged to gain entry into the building, as well as several gum and vending machines which had been damaged. Investigator Chris Jordan was called to the scene. Officer Olhausen and Investigator Jordan were provided with a video surveillance tape which showed a male subject enter the building holding an unknown tool. The male had is face covered and was wearing dark clothing.

On the morning of Tuesday, August 27th, Bainbridge Public Safety Officer Maria Bonilla was notified about another burglary which had already occurred at Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB) on Faceville Highway. A representative from GIB told Officer Bonilla that entry had been made through the same door as on August 13th. Officer Bonilla noticed that a perimeter chain link fence had been cut, and a trail of crushed weeds led to the railroad tracks. Investigator Chip Nix was called to the scene. Officer Bonilla and Investigator Nix noticed that multiple gum and vending machines had been damaged inside of the Break Room. They were provided with a video surveillance tape which showed a male subject standing next to a vending machine.

On the morning of Monday, September 16th, Bainbridge Public Safety Officer Richard Collins was notified about a third burglary which had already occurred at Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB) on Faceville Highway. Once again, a male subject was shown on video surveillance breaking into the building and damaging gum and vending machines. He had a shirt covering his face. Investigator Chip Nix was notified of the incident.

On the morning of Monday, October 7th, Bainbridge Public Safety Officer John Walker was notified about a burglary which had already occurred at Elberta Crate on Dothan Road. Officer Walker noticed that six vending machines had been damaged in the Break Room. The door to the Break Room had been pried open. Officer Walker watched a video surveillance tape which showed a male subject enter the property on foot. He was wearing a black shirt, brown pants, and brown work boots. He also was wearing a white glove on his right hand and a black glove on his left hand. Investigator Chip Nix was notified of the incident.

On Thursday, October 10th around 1pm, Investigator Chip Nix was driving on Faceville Highway and noticed a male subject walking along the roadway near Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB). The subject caught the attention of Investigator Nix and fit the description and physical characteristics of the male subject that had been caught on multiple video surveillance tapes from burglaries at GIB. Investigator Nix stopped to question the male subject and identified him as George Lorenza Haire. Haire agreed to be transported to Bainbridge Public Safety Headquarters for questioning. During the interview, Haire confessed to committing three burglaries at GIB and to one burglary at Elberta Crate. Officers went to Haire’s home and located items believed to have been used in the burglaries. The items included a pry bar, clothing, shoes, and gloves. Haire cooperated with officers and confessed to also committing burglaries at the City of Bainbridge Public Works building on Pierce Street, Rentz Irrigation on Dothan Road, Lee Merchant Signs on Butler Ferry Road, Bainbridge Church of God on Independent Street, and Storage Buildings located on West College Street near the railroad tracks. George Lorenza Haire, age 54, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of First Degree Burglary (Felonies).


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